Monthly Favourites | February

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I'm kind of giving up using the whole 'oh ma gawd, it's the end of the month already' starts to these posts as i feel i do it every month and well I'm starting to sound like a bit of a broken record. The new monthly favourites format seemed to go down pretty well last month, which I'm really glad about as i really loved how that post turned out so I'm definitely going to stick to doing it the same way for the foreseeable future. So onto the favourites:

Beauty Favourites:

Urban Decay Naked Palette
I rekindled my love for the Original Naked Palette during the month of February and i forgot just how much i love it, its always been one of my favourites but with having so many palettes it sometimes gets pushed aside whilst I'm trying others but Ive given this my whole attention this month and Ive just loved using it. It's such a versatile palette and you can create so many different looks, the quality is fantastic and Ive really enjoyed having this back in my routine.

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
I just love this foundation and in between testing out others I've found myself always reaching back to this one, this is my go to foundation for nights out and special occasions because it has no SPF in it so it's a good on for photographs, as well as that it's just a brilliant foundation - it's a much higher coverage than i normally go for but i actually really like it, it still gives me a really natural and flawless finish. Not to mention this foundation bottle is so beautiful!

Tanya Burr Eye Candy Lipglosses
I've really been enjoying using these Lipglosses by Tanya Burr - my favourite shade is definitely 'Vampire Kiss' but I've also been getting a lot of use out of 'Afternoon Tea' and 'Picnic in the Park' as they are such wearable colours and the colour pay off on these are ridiculously good. I still stand by what i said in my original review that these have a slightly sticky formula but its not so bad that i can't wear them, it actually doesn't put me off the way it sometimes can.

Etude House Water Colour Blush in Coral
This is such a beautiful blush and I've been wearing it on near enough a daily basis; it's a cream blush which sometimes can sometimes be a little intimidating but this is so easy to apply and once blended out it leaves a really beautiful flush of colour to the cheeks. With this a little really does go a long way but it is definitely buildable so you can build the colour to your preferred intensity, i like it quite natural so it just gives a hint of colour. I opted for coral as i think it will the perfect shade and product for spring/summer and i know i will definitely get a lot of use out of it over those seasons!

Elemis Freshskin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash
I adore this product; it's really gentle and creamy but it exfoliates the skin really well and after every use my skin feels so clean and refreshed. It is a little on the steeper side for a scrub but it works really well for me. You can use this a face wash, but i prefer using it every couple of days as a face scrub instead - i love the results this gives and it smells incredible too!

Youtube or Blogger Favourite:

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A blog that I've been really enjoying reading lately is Callie Rose; her posts just get better and better every time and i definitely think she's one to watch! Her content ranges between beauty and fashion with some lifestyle posts thrown into the mix and I genuinely admire how she manages to juggle uni, blogging, her youtube as well as being a mummy too -  how cute is her little boy!? She seems really lovely and that really comes across in her blog too, she's really friendly on twitter and I'm looking forward to meeting her properly at the #nwblpool event on Sunday! Id definitely recommend checking out her blog if you don't already; i assure you, you will not be disappointed!

Links: Blog | BlogLovin' | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram

Non-Beauty Favourites:
The non-beauty favourites this month aren't really items or products just more things that have happened this month:

Britains Got Talent
I had tickets to be in the audience of Britain's Got Talent Auditions in Manchester which was awesome - it was so strange to be sat in the same room as the likes of Simon Cowell and Ant 'n' Dec! I had a really fun day and it was great to catch up with one of my friends, we saw some amazing and also some seriously terrible auditions too - also, the buzzers are louder than you would expect like every time a judge pushed one it made me jump because it was insanely loud.

Paying off some of my Overdraft
I paid a massive chunk off my overdraft and whilst i hated wasting so much money on it, it feels so good to know i only have a little bit left to pay and its gone forever - it was the worst thing i ever did getting one (although, it helped me out a lot when i got it) and it was such a good feeling knowing that I've almost paid it all off especially after putting it off for so long!

Reconnecting with Old Friends
I got back speaking to a friend of mine who i hadn't really spoken to in a while and it's been awesome reconnecting and catching up with her properly, these past few weeks have been an absolute blast and i feel like we are getting on the best we ever have and i just love it. I really hope we continue this way because its been awesome having her back in my life and i genuinely don't think I've ever laughed as much as i have lately nor have i been as drunk - which leads me on to my next things!

Nights Out (til 5am)
Since reconnecting with my friend; we've been going out a lot whether it be shopping, for tea or to do a pub quiz and a few times its resulted in us going out and getting home at 5am. As they are often really last minute nights out they always end up being the best ones, I'm not usually that much of a drinker and when I've been on nights out in the past i get bored or tired by like 2:30am but these past few times I've been out drinking and  dancing the night away and i don't even realise how late it is until we are sat in maccies at the end of the night and its approaching 5am. --Obviously, I'm not trying to promote drinking; id highly recommend you to drink responsibly and only if you are of the legal age! (which, for the record i am)

Music Favourite:

A Great Big World Feat Christina Aguilera - Say Something
I first heard this on the radio in work and i thought it was such a lovely song, its almost quite haunting to listen to but I've been obsessed with it since i first heard it. I'm sure you've all heard it as well but if not ill link a youtube video here. I think it's such a beautiful song and the lyrics are quite relatable, at least i feel like this are and i just love it. Ive listened to it nearly all month and i still can't get enough!

So those are my favourites for this month. February has been a really great month for me and i feel the happiest I've felt in a really long time and it feels really great, so heres hoping that March continues to be just as great and i really hope February has treated you all really well!

What are some of your monthly favourites?

Natalie xx
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My Current Skincare Picks #1

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Skincare Picks

Skincare has never been a favourite part of 'beauty' for me, whilst I've always had a routine of sorts, I've never really taken an avid interesting in the products and finding a routine that will give me the best results possible I've opted for items that just do the job.

Until recently, it was a rarity for me to spend a lot on a skincare items as id opt for cheaper products so i could spend more on make-up. Now, i don't really know what's changed but Ive been taking a lot more care of my skin and trying more products even a few that are a little pricey too. I will always prefer buying make up but I'm really glad I've finally taken more of an interest in skincare and whilst I'm still working on finding the perfect skincare routine, i thought I'd share with you a few of the products the I'm really loving using in my routine.

Indeed Hydraluron Moisture Booster
This thing has changed my life completely - okay, maybe a tad over dramatic but it genuinely has made a hell of a difference to my skin. I'm sure you've already heard a million and one things about Hydaluron already but if you haven't the idea behind it is that you apply this before you moisturise to help your skin more absorbent which in turn helps your skin to absorb more moisture meaning it's much more hydrated. It's not a cheap product, it retails at £25 but it's often on offer in Boots for about 1/3 off so i always try to pick one up when this offer is on because it's a product i don't want to be without in my routine as it leaves my skin feeling amazing and so healthy and hydrated too.

Lush Tea Tree Toner
I bought this after reading a post on Beth's blog (seriously, she makes me want everything!) and she raved about this toner so naturally i had to go out and buy it. I'm forever having little breakouts or general unwanted guests popping up on my chin so i wanted something that i could used that wouldn't aggravate them and that would also help keep them at bay and obviously tea tree is a really good thing for that. I tend to use this toner mostly in the evenings after I've removed my make up; i spray it onto a cotton pad and wipe it all over, and then use another one to focus more on the areas that a more spot prone which is mostly my chin. This toner is filled with really natural ingredients and it feels really gentle on the skin, which is something i really like about it because i have used tea tree things in the past that were quite strong and stung the skin a little bit but this isn't like that at all - it also doesn't have the really strong tea tree scent either, its quite light and pleasant. Although it doesn't completely remove spots, i definitely feel like it helps calm them down and i also find it just a really refreshing product to apply onto the skin. You can also use this as a facial mist which i have done a few times and its feels really nice and refreshing too.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil
This is seriously the best make up remover I've used; its so quick and easy to use. It does feel a little odd applying oil to a dry face but as you massage it in you can see you make up just melting away. It works so well and it even works really well at removing really stubborn items too - i enjoy wearing eyeliner and mascara a lot which can sometimes be an absolute pain to remove especially if i tight line with a pencil eyeliner but this removes everything really easily, its really gentle on the skin and i honestly can't recommend this product enough.

Elemis Fresh Skin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash
I tried a sample of this early last year and it worked wonders with my skin, it completely cleared up a breakout i had after I'd been on holiday but i put off buying a full size because the price really put me off but a few weeks back i decided to bite the bullet and buy it because i already knew it was a product that worked for me. I use this every couple of days to exfoliate my face and i really love this product because its a really creamy and gentle product but it exfoliates the skin at the same time. Every time Ive used this it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and smooth and I'm so glad i decided to get the full size because I've really missed using this in my routine. This retails for about £12 which is a little steep for an exfoliator but it really works for me and i know its makes a difference to my skin so its worth every penny.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
Lately this has been getting a few mixed reviews but i actually quite like it - i do have the Garnier one to try next to see how it compares but i personal haven't had an issue with this one. I use this after I've cleansed my face just to give it that extra wipe over and make sure I've gotten any remaining dirt, i use this randomly throughout the day to give my skin a bit of a pick me up (obviously, not when I'm wearing make up), I've used this to clean up my make up if Ive smudged something ill put a small amount onto a cotton bud and clear it up or if I'm being really lazy and don't want to use my oil ill use this to take my make up off. It's a really versatile product; you can use it for so many different things, its gentle on the eyes and on the skin, - some people have said they think this leaves your skin feeling a little greasy, i personal haven't experienced this so maybe it varies on different skin types but i really like this and it works really well for me.

So those are some of the skincare products I'm loving at the moment! I hope this post wasn't too long or rambly i find it quite hard to talk briefly about skincare items.

What skincare items are you loving at the moment?
Natalie xx

Review | Seventeen Blowout Mascara & Tattoo Me Eyeliner

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I'm actually a little disappointed as i did plan for this post to be a new series I'm planning on introducing to my blog; i wanted to start doing some lifestyle type posts into my blog as they are some of my personal favourites to read and i thought it'd be an interesting way to show you a little bit more about me outside my blog and my usual beauty ramblings. I'd decided i was going to do like 'A Day in the Life' kind of post and just take frequent photos throughout the day and kind of take you along with me (without vlogging).

Now i did plan to do this on Thurs (20/2/14) as i had a lovely busy day planned - which is quite rare for me - and i was actually really excited but then i got that dreaded phone call from work - my manager had gone home ill and my assistant manager had to leave at half 12 and the next in line was me so i had to cancel all my plans (trust me, i wasn't impressed) and head into work so i couldn't really take pictures whilst i was in there and when i went out on the evening i got a little too drunk and completely forgot to take photos bar three so that didn't really go as plan and has been postponed until next time.

So today's post is a review of these two Seventeen product that i actually received in my Boots Advent Calendar and its taken me a little while to get round to testing them out.

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Seventeen Tattoo Me 48 Hour Wear Semi-Permanent Liquid Eyeliner

I was a little bit iffy about trying this eyeliner for a couple of reasons; firstly, I'm not the biggest fan on liquid liners as i much prefer using felt tip liners and secondly, when i posted a photo on instagram of it, i received a comment off Hayley telling me how difficult she found this to remove so it took me a while to decide to try it out. I also don't really understand why anybody would want their eyeliner to last 48 hours - it's just plain stupid.

I did actually find using this easier than i expected; i managed to get a fairly neat line, it didn't smudge and it's quite pigmented so you do get a nice black line from it. However, when Hayley said it was difficult to remove she really was not joking. I remove my make up with L'oreal Cleansing Oil and normally it removes really stubborn products easily but i ended up having to use this twice over and really massaging it onto my eyelids with my fingers to remove it. This isn't an eyeliner I'd probably ever wear again; as day to day it would require way to much effort than its worth to remove, It probably would be a good one to wear if you have a really long day ahead of you or a night out as it really doesn't budge though.

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Seventeen Blowout Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara
The last time i tried a Seventeen Mascara; it quickly found it's way into the back of my drawer collecting dust as i didn't enjoy using it at all so i didn't really expect this to be any good either. This mascara claims to have a thickening and conditioning formula enriched with vitamin e and argon oil whilst the big barrel brush sculpt and teases every lash for bigger and bold lashes - the tubes says up to x12 volume.

I do like the big barrel brush on this mascara, i find it coats all the lashes quite easily and it distributes the product quite well across the lashes as i have never once been left with clumpy lashes or smudging and it seems to last pretty well on me as well so it's actually not a bad mascara and i have actually found myself wearing it on a day to day basis (mostly for work) 
However; x12 volume, bigger bolder lashes? Very big claims and very little results. It most definitely did not give x12 volume nor did it leave me with bigger bolder lashes - whilst it did add some length it wasn't anything that made me go wow - i can achieve similar if not better results from the million and one other mascaras i own.

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I'll continue to use that mascara for work to save it going to waste but to be honest, i wouldn't really recommend it as it does absolutely nothing that it claims, now the eyeliner does actually do what it claims but it's ridiculous how hard it is to remove so id rather stick to alternative products that are much better quality.

Have you tried the Seventeen Blowout Mascara or Tattoo Me Eyeliner?
Natalie xx

Review | Etude House Face Colour Corset

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I picked this Etude House Face Colour Corset up off eBay the same time i got the Etude House Watercolour Blush and if I'm being honest i was drawn to this mostly because of the packaging, i don't know why but Korean brands just have that effect on me as their packaging is seriously just the cutest. I was also quite intrigued to try it because the name face colour corset suggested that it would be a product  to contour and sculpture the face so i was curious to see if it was any good.

I ended up with the shade #5 Tight Shading Corset as this is off Ebay its quite difficult to be sure of this shade so i kind of just took pot luck with it and when i saw it was no5 i was a little worried that it was going to extremely muddy looking and too dark for me. Thankfully its not, so either they have shoddy pigmentation of they are just not as dark as they actually appear. This does have a little orange tone to it but i like to use my powder after Ive applied this so that helps to blend it out and tone it down and make it more suitable for me.

I've been enjoying using this because it is quite a subtle colour and i can achieve a nice subtle contour with it; which is something i really like as I'm still very much a novice when it comes to contouring so i prefer to be able to build up on the colour to my liking and that is something i can do with this product. Ive applied this product this with a generic angled brush, Real Techniques Contour Brush and Real Techniques Blush Brush and whilst all work really well i think the RT Blush Brush has won me over the most as it's quite a big brush but the top is slightly tapered so it works brilliantly for contouring the cheeks whilst still helping to blend out the product really well.

If you are someone who loves a really dramatic contour then this product would probably be a waste of your time, however if like me you want something much more subtle that you can have more control over it may be worth checking it. I bought mine from this seller for £4.40 so it's very bank friendly - there are other shades available too and if you search the product on eBay you may even find some cheaper than what i did.

Overall, i quite like this little contour - it's the perfect subtle shade for me and the packaging is just adorable. I really don't think you can go wrong.

Have you tried any products from Etude House?
Natalie xx

Review | Korres Wild Rose Foundation

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I've been switching up my foundations a lot lately; testing out new ones and relying on trusted favourites, one of the foundations that Ive been trying out is the Korres Wild Rose Foundation. I picked this up on Fragrance Direct for £3.50 (RRP £18.45) - I'm not sure if it's massive discount means it's being discontinued or not but there is still a Wild Rose Foundation on the Korres Website that has been repackaged so maybe it's just been updated. If not, it is still available over on Fragrance Direct.

With this foundation i find i achieve a better finish when i apply it with my fingers, i do normally prefer using brushes but using my fingers allows me to pick up less product and get a more natural finish as this does have a medium to heavy coverage and as the shade 'WRF 2' isn't a perfect match for my skin i like to apply it lightly so i can avoid it looking obvious that it's not a perfect match. If they had a lighter shade on fragrance direct i think that would have been ideal because this one is only a slightly bit darker. Continuing with the shade range; i don't know about the one on the Korres website but on fragrance direct there is only two shades available so it's not the greatest selection and there isn't a shade option for darker skin tones, but i imagine that's because they are just selling the last ones off that are in this particular packaging. Despite the shade being a little off; i do like this foundation as it does blends out nicely and leaves a nice finish to the skin - as i only apply a very small amount.

Korres always seem to be on top of their game when it comes to packaging; it's always very sleek and simple and i love this little glass bottle as it's black with white writing on top and it's quite unusual compared to the the usual transparent glass design that foundations often take so it's quite different to my other foundations. Unfortunately, this foundation has committed one sin that really grates on me when it comes to foundations and that is the lack of a pump! This foundation has quite a runny consistency so having to literally pour it out of the bottle means too much comes out and it often gets wasted and that really annoying. A pump is just the most practical option and i don't get why so many brands think its a good idea not to have one.

Out of the two Korres Foundations I've now tried (this one and Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation) i think i do prefer the Ginger & Vitamins one just because it's a much lighter foundation in comparison to the Wild Rose and i prefer a more lighter coverage but i do still like this foundation and if you are someone who does like a medium to heavy coverage this one may be worth checking out!

Have you tried any foundations by Korres?
Natalie xx

Love Me Beauty (Edition One ) | February

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Firstly, before i even start on this most i just want to mention that I'm aware these photos scream gloomy lighting, but if you are in the UK right now you'll know just how miserable the weather has been lately and getting photos has been quite a challenge so these will just have to do. I'm normally a bit lover of Autumn/Winter but I'm so tired of being cold and I'm really starting to miss Spring time.

Onto the box, first of all when i saw what was in this box i honestly wasn't interested and did plan to skip a month like I'd been told you could do (has this changed?) but they took a payment anyway so i figured i might as well order a box anyway seeing as id been charged for one. After much deliberation i settled on edition number one!

Also, because February is the month of Valentines Day; they included a mystery product now i read a few posts from bloggers who had received their box and the mystery product was an Art Deco lip product so this made me quite excited for the box, but did i get this? No, i get the impression that all the first orders got the Art Deco product and the late orders just got anything else - i may be wrong but that's how it looks to me, because every post i read included that product.

In the box:

Percy & Reed No-Fuss Flawlessness Dry Conditioner - Full Size (RRP £12)
Ive tried a few things from Percy & Reed before so this was a product i was interested in trying as I've never been disappointed by them before. I will say that i don't quite understand the purpose of a Dry Conditioner - is it a texture spray or is it like a dry shampoo? Can someone explain it to me? The little card that comes with the box says it 'Gives your hair a healthy softness and shine without the H20... It reduces damage caused by brushing as well as adding a gorgeous glossy shine to even very dry hair' To me this just sounds like a shine spray but i shall give it a go and see what its like.

La Claree Smooth Day Face Care - 7ml Sample (50ml RRP £28)
This is described as 'a moisturised that nourishes the skin and optimizes the production of collagen. Smoothing and firming, it prevents the signs of ageing. Its active ingredients sooth the skin, restore softness and radiance leaving the skin durably revitalised and protected' I must say i wasn't all that interested in this when i saw it but after reading the card i am quite intrigued to see what its like. Normally, products that mention anti-ageing make me want to run a mile because at 22 i don't really want to feel that its something i need to start thinking about but i guess the earlier the better.

Bakewell Soap Company Multi Purpose Pocket Balm in 'May Chang' - Full Size (RRP £3.95)
Again, i saw this and just wasn't impressed i already own a few multi purpose balms that I've barely used and didn't want to add another to the mix. When i opened this, the scent hits you in the face and oh my it smells amazing, it's got quite a citrus-y scent but it reminds me a little bit of Lush so I've already popped this in my handbag to carry around with me and hopefully i find ways to use it. It says that this provides 'Soothing hydration for lips, hands, nails and body. With oils rich in omega 3 and 6 and packed with vitamins and anti inflammatories its perfect for moisturising on the go. 'May Chang' contains a astringent of citrus oils that help repair and tone dry and damaged skin'

Inner Me Beautify Vitamin Complex - Full Size (RRP £15)
This was another product that sparked my interest as I've never taken vitamins like these before. 'These are InnerMe's ultimate beauty supplement for skin, hair and nails. They believe that health and beauty begin within so they help maintain your inner you with seven nutrients together with a balanced combination of Marine Collagen, MSM and Silica' I don't know how much i believe vitamins like these can make such a difference, a part of me thinks these are going to be quite a gimmicky kind of item but I'm going to give them a go and see if they make a difference, there is only two weeks supply and it doesn't mention how long it takes to take effect but I'll give them a go and i may do a blog post on them and let you know if i think they are any good or not so let me know if you'd like that.

& the Mystery Product

Murad Age Reform Osmolyte Tonic - (RRP £8.96)
I don't know if this is the full size or but i think it might be. I'm still a little bitter that i got this instead of the Art Deco Lip Product but I'm going to have an open mind on this product anyways as it is face mist that offers the skin a hydration boost and I'm always trying to find ways to keep my skin feeling as hydrated as possible. A website describes it as 'a super refreshing mist that works to replenish and plump the skin to give a more firm and toned appearance, this spray will give you quick, noticeable results. It's suitable for all skin types, the patent formula also works to soothe and nourish, with Camomile and Green Tea Extracts combined with Sodium PCA to give gentle but effective action. You'll be left with a brighter complexion and softer, smoother skin' so I'm going to give it a go and we'll see how i get on with it.

and that is everything i got in this months Love Me Beauty box; i know it may seem like I'm moaning a lot throughout this post but i just feel like they don't really explain themselves very much nor is the website very helpful - like i was informed you could skip a month if you didn't want a box and yet they charged me anyways, so that is what has inflicted a bit of a negative tone. Regardless of that, there is some interesting product in this box and i will definitely give them all a try - let me know if there are any items in particular you'd like to see a full review on!

What do you think of this months box?
Natalie xx

Make Up Look | Valentines Day

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Personally, my valentines day will be spent lounging in my pjs; wasting away the hours on my laptop either blogging or watching youtube as i don't have an other half nor do i have any plans on Friday, but i thought I'd share with you how I'd wear my make up anyways!

After moisturising my face and using my Monu Calming Cream to tone down the redness on my chin, i primed my face using 17 Photo Flawless Primer. I like to pre-conceal under my eyes and my blemishes before i apply foundation and for that I've been using my Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light - I've really been enjoying this lately, especially the setting powder that comes with it. I then applied my foundation YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in the shade B30, i blended this into the face using my fingers so it'd give me a lighter application but still leaves me with quite a flawless finish.

You can't really see my brows in the photo due to my fringe but i just filled them in lightly with the shade Ash Brown from my HD 'Foxy' Kit and then applied my Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown over the top to set them in place. For the eyes i applied Mac Painterly Paint Pot as my base and for this look; i used my Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette - i applied the shade Sin as a base colour all over the lid and popped the shade Naked into the crease to add a some dimension the the eye, i wanted to darken the eye up just a little bit so i blended a bit of Darkhorse into the outer corner and then used a fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines. To line my eyes; i used Creep out of the Naked 1 Palette instead of my usual felt tip liners so that it would give a more softer look to the eye.

For the lashes, i applied Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara* as it gives my lashes added volume and adds length to them as well, then i brightened up the under eye area a little bit with Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory. For blush; i blended Etude House Watercolour Blush in Coral into the cheeks to give a subtle pop of colour and contoured a little with Etude House Face Colour Corset - i kept both the blush and contour quite subtle as i wanted to keep the look as natural as possible. I added a little bit of the highlighter from Benefit Fine One One to the tops of the cheeks and then set everything in place with Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover Up Powder in Gee, I'm Swell Ivory* I like to use my powder after my blush and contour rather than before because i think its great way to make sure everything is blended out properly and you can also tone any down that you might have over applied.

To finish the look i wore a Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Picnic in the Park which gives a nice pop of pink to the lips - i wanted to wear a more nude shade as opposed to a bold lip because if you were out on a date the last thing you'd want to be doing is having to constantly check your lips and reapply and also if you're lucky enough to get a peck at the end of the evening, you want a colour that wouldn't end up smeared all over your face.

So that is how I'd wear my make up; it's a very natural make up look as i personally wouldn't want to look to overdone, just enhance my features a little. Please let me know if you like when i go a little more in detail about how I've done my make up or if you prefer the products just to be listed so i know for future reference.

Do you have any plans for Valentines Day, if so how do you plan to wear you make up?
Natalie xx

Review | Etude House Watercolour Blush in Coral

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 I feel like I've barely been writing posts lately but when i looked back I'd been doing at least a couple a week. I also feel extremely liberated since i ditched my schedule book (post here) and i feel more relaxed and like I've enjoyed writing the posts so much more and you guys seem to be responding well to the posts and have been leaving more wonderful comments so thank you for that!

Also, let me know what you think of the new titles/cover photos? Do you like them or do they not look great? Opinions would be much appreciated.

Anyways onto the review; I've been testing out the Etude House Water Colour Blush for the past few weeks! I initially picked this up as id seen that Daniel Sandler had a Water Colour Blush and i was intrigued by it so i thought that this might be a cheaper alternative for it - now i haven't actually tried the Daniel Sandler one to properly compare them but i imagine they'd be quite similar.

I picked this blush up off Ebay as that's the easiest place for me to get hold of Etude House as it's a Korean Brand, Etude House always manage to have the cutest packaging ever but i think compared to some of their other products these aren't as cute but it's still nice and it's quite a compact size so its easy to take on the go - as it comes from Korea, it does take a few weeks to arrive but i found these arrived a lot quicker than the date they was estimated too.

I opted for the shade coral as i thought this would be a great long lasting blush to use in the summertime but i have been really loving using it now as well - i like to apply a few dots of the product onto my cheeks and then blend it out with a brush, it's really creamy and blends out easily and i love that it doesn't leave a stain where I've placed the dots as some other cream/stain blushes can do.

This is a really pigmented blush and a little bit goes a long way, i apply my face powder after just to help blend it out more and to tone it down if it's a little too bright as i personally prefer a more subtle look but you can build it up or tone it down depending on your own preference. It's so quick and easy to use and I've really been enjoying using it, it lasts quite well throughout the day and it just gives a really pretty pop of colour to the cheeks.

I'm actually quite impressed with this blush and i definitely want to try some more of the shades, i bought mine from this seller here, for £4.60. but I'm sure you'll find others available if you search on ebay for them!

Have you tried any products from Etude House?
Natalie xx

Recently Read #1

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One of my goals for this year was to read more and I've been doing just that, I'm trying to spend less time on my laptop and I'm making sure that i read in bed before going to sleep even if it's just one chapter. Ive found since doing this; not only have i gotten through more books I've also been sleeping a little better as its relaxing me a lot more than staying up on my laptop. I'm also feeling motivated to read more as i set myself a challenge on goodreads (add me, if you'd like) to read 20 books in 2014.

So i thought rather than doing a million and one individual book reviews, id compile them all into one post and share with you the books that I've been reading!

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I technically read I Heart Christmas by Lindsay Kelk before Christmas but i really wanted to give it a mention. I love the I Heart series as it's typical chick lit kind of book, but its such an easy read and because its a series, I've grown quite fond of the characters. This series follows Angela who found herself moving to New York after her she found her boyfriend cheating on her at her best friends wedding, so the series follows Angela's life in New York. I Heart Christmas is the sixth book in the series so i don't want to give anything away for anyone but I really enjoy this book, it's a nice continuation of the story and id really recommend this series to anyone who loves chick lit type books - 4/5

I currently don't have Destined to Play by Indigo Bloome as i donated it to a charity right after reading it. I picked this up on a whim as i was i wanted a book to read but didn't really pay much attention as to what it was about, but its a fifty shades kind of book and it pretty much revolves around sex but its more as an experiment - Jeremy asks Alexandra to spend 48 hours with him and gives her a proposition "‘It’s simple. No sight. No questions. 48 hours" - I'm not a prude or anything but i found this a little rapey and weird to read, he took away her sight using these eyedrops (it didn't blind her permanently) and i just found it weird that he did that and that she let him do that, i know that it was an experiment but i just found it kind of creepy. I don't know how to really explain it very well but i wouldn't not recommend this book at all. This book is part of a trilogy, that i will not be reading as i did not enjoy this book - 1/5

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I read the first book of this trilogy last year so i was finally happy read the next  two instalments. The story focuses mostly on Belly (or Isobel) and the summers she spends in Cousins along with her mum and brother and her mum's friend and her two sons Conrad and Jeramiah. The first book is about the summer she spends there when she a little more grown and the boys start to notice her more.

The second book It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han takes place months after the first one and i don't want to ruin something that happens but this book is a little more sombre because of it. Belly's heartbroken over two things (both of which I'm not going to say), they are at risk of losing the summer house and Conrad's close to failing his finals - 4/5

The third book We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han again takes place a little later on when Belly's in College - it's kind of really hard to talk about the book without ruining it but this book annoyed me a little and i disliked the direction that Jenny Han took it, but the ended made me happy - 3/5

Despite my awful explanations if you like teenage/chick lit kind of books you'll enjoy this trilogy. It's a really easy read and i did enjoy reading this trilogy!

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There was something about Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell that really grabbed me in, i think it might have been the way it switched perspectives and you were able to see the relationship between them build from both sides. It's an unusual book compared to the usual girly books i read but i thought i was really nice and really well written. I feel it was left a little unanswered though at the end unless I've maybe missed the point of it and i was a little unsatisfied over the ending because i love reading the way the relationship had built up from their first encounters to getting to know each other and then the ending just let me down. It was still a really good read though - 4/5

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I really enjoyed reading You Against Me by Jenny Downham as its not your typical girl meets boy kind of story; Mikey's sister claims that she was raped and in an attempt to get some revenge, Mikey meets Ellie - the sister of the boy being accused. The story is told from both perspectives and it's similar to Eleanor & Park in that respect that you get both point of view instead of just the one and i really enjoyed this book - 4/5

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So many people have been raving about this series so i decided to pick up Divergent by Veronica Roth to see what all the fuss is about. I'm not going to go in depth with the story because id hate to ruin it for anyone but it's a dystopian story, where the main character Beatrice has to decide which faction she wants to choose to belong in after she's turned 16 and the book follows her and her decision and also the initiation into that faction (that's all I'm gonna give you) At first, i didn't quite understand the fuss and i was beginning to think it was just an overhype but then i found myself unable to put it down and the story just got better and better and I've ordered the second one and i  really can't wait til it arrives - 5/5

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I really enjoy reading Sarah Dessen books, they are aimed mostly at teens/young adults but there is just something about them that i enjoy (you wouldn't think i was 22, would you?) id been wanting to read What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen for a little while as i believe this is one of her lastest releases (i may be wrong) and it's about a girl called Mclean who since her parents bitter divorce she's been moving around with her father and every town she's in she creates a new identity for herself as a way of letting go of past but in this one particular town she begins to feel like she wants to be herself and that she might want to actually stay in this town. My description probably hasn't sold it to you very well and at first i wasn't too keen on it, i was starting to feel like it was gonna be a disappointment but the more i read the better it got and the story actually turned out okay and it ended up being an enjoyable read - 3/5

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I think Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson ended up being the underdog of all these books, i picked it up because id read someone really rave about it, so even though i was intrigued i didn't really have high expectations but i really enjoyed this book and I'm still quite sad that I've finished it. After Amy's dad died, her mum decided to relocate to Connecticut but let Amy stay in California to finish up school and then join her mum a month or so later and drive the car down, but since the car accident Amy refuses to drive so her mum's friend son Roger joins her and drives the car - her mum has set out a route and hotel stays but they end up taking a big detour and seeing all different places and getting up to all sorts of things - 5/5

and that is all the books I've read so far, I'm really proud of myself and i will keep doing these kind of posts every so often as i know i personally love to read these kind of posts as i like getting book recommendations off people too! I know a lot of these books are quite teen/young adult-esque but i love reading those, as they are just such cute and easy reads. Also, I'm sorry if my descriptions are bad its quite hard to describe and review a book without giving anything away.

Do you have any book recommendations?
Natalie xx

Review | Tanya Burr's Lipgloss - Afternoon Tea, Picnic in the Park & Vampire Kiss

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The 30th January saw the release of Tanya Burr's lip and nail range now I'm sure you all know who she is but for those of you that don't, she's a very well known make up artist and youtuber who creates brilliant beauty videos and has now released her own range of lipgloss and nail polish.

I was a little dubious at first, usually when ranges like this are released they end up being quite gimmicky and often not that great but these are packaged really nicely, she's kept them really simple and sleek looking. I didn't actually plan on buying any what with me being on a make up ban and i wanted to read reviews first before ordering. However, after i received the email from Feelunique that the product were online i decided to have a little peek and i was super impressed with the range of shades that i caved and bought three lipglosses.

Tanya has chosen the perfect range of shades; even though there are only 12 shades she's covered all bases and there are shades to suit everyone's taste - i literally found it so hard to narrow it down to which shades i wanted. The names of the shades are another thing that really stood out to me as they are cute and girly and it was quite obvious to me that it was Tanya who had named them because they are very her and i think that is such a nice personal touch to the range.

Onto the products themselves; personally, I'm fussy with lipglosses i hate it when they are so sticky they practically glue your lips together - it's unnecessary and uncomfortable to wear. Thankfully, these aren't like that, the formula is a little sticky but i can overlook it in this instance because its not so bad that i can't wear it, it's almost the right amount of sticky - if that makes sense.

They're quite creamy, apply really easily and the pigmentation is amazing; i expected them to be quite sheer but i was actually really surprised with the colour pay off and i think these could even rival the likes of lip lacquers in terms of their pigmentation.

The lipglosses retail for £6.99 and you can buy them from here - i love that she's made the range affordable so it allows people of all ages and budgets to be able to try them if they want to.

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Afternoon Tea
This is the one shade i knew i instantly wanted; Afternoon Tea is a gorgeous pink toned nude shade. It's ideal for everyday wear and i imagine one that ill wear a lot for work as it'll give me some colour on my lips without it being too over the top or inappropriate for work. I also think this would be a great colour to pair with a really bold eye look too!

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Picnic in the ParkThis shade is almost like a barbie/bubblegum pink shade (i believe this is the one Tanya wore to her launch party) and it's such a pretty shade. I can imagine this being a really nice colour to wear in the summer time, against a tan or a bronzed look.

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Vampire Kiss
Of course, it wouldn't be right if i hadn't picked up at least one red shade - I'm such a sucker for red! Vampire Kiss is a gorgeous pink toned red and i love it, it's such a flattering shade and i think this will be lovely to dress up an outfit on an evening or even on days i just wanna rock a red lip!

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the Tanya's lipglosses - they don't quite beat the formula of Barry M but i do think they are really great and for me to say that about a lipgloss is a big deal, because as i mentioned earlier I'm very fussy with them! I definitely want to try some of the other lipgloss shades and also try the nail polish as they look really lovely too!

Will you be trying any products from Tanya Burr's Lips and Nails range?
Natalie xx